This practical subject gives students hands-on experience working with tools and machinery. Students also undertake theoretical and background work for their final examinations which provides the students with useful skills for working in the sector.
Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology and construction materials and practices.
This is achieved through both theoretical study and integrated practical projects which provide a basis for the thorough exploration of materials and processes.
The course is essentially about the study of buildings and the built environment. The theoretical part of the course examines all parts of building from the planning stages to the completed building. The course is studied under the following main headings:
What the student needs during year:
The Construction Studies syllabus is examined in three parts:
This exam is sat in June, and examines the student’s knowledge of construction technology topics. Students must answer five questions out of a choice of ten, however question 1 is mandatory. This paper is worth 300 marks which is 50% of the total marks
Students must make a project based on any area of Construction Studies which they are interested in. They must choose a project to make at the beginning of fifth year and start production straight away. Materials for this project must be sourced by themselves and the project completed in class. A portfolio must accompany the project detailing how it was made. This project and portfolio is worth 150 marks (25%) and must be completed by the end of April.
The Practical Exam or bench test is a four hour exam which tests student’s woodworking skills. They must make a selected project within the time provided without the use of machines or teacher guidance. This exam is held in May and is worth 25% of the total marks.
Studying this subject will be useful for anyone thinking of working/studying in the following areas: